Jenny Ryan designed the fine cover of my novel. (Also the spine and backcover, but you won’t see those until the print edition is released.) She has edited for me, fixes up my photos, creates the types of files that I need, develops ads at the drop of a hat, and all kinds of other great stuff! Jenny is co-owner of Copper Canary, a business specializing in print and electronic communications.
But I “met” her many years ago when we took a class in Trade Publishing through Ryerson’s online Publishing Certificate Program. Unlike me, Jenny actually finished the certificate and on 2 awards from Ryerson: the 2007 Eve Orpen Memorial Award, and the 2008 Wallace A. Matheson Award for Creativity and Innovation in Educational Publishing. We’ve only met once in real life – we had dinner together in Toronto. Almost all our correspondence and collaboration has been via email. (I think we spoke one time using gmail chat.) Yet Jenny seems like a very close friend, in spite of the distance between Ottawa and Calgary, or Bequia, where I was living when we took that initial course. She has been in on this novel almost since the beginning and has read several versions, offering advice and suggestions as to how I could make it better. She has certainly had a big part in making it look better!
Jenny offer’s pictures now, not of her reading my novel, but of her mother, Mary, reading Island in the Clouds on her Kindle at the cottage on Wolfe Lake near Westport, Ontario. Jenny says this is only the second eBook her mother has read.
And just to show the difference between what Mary is reading about inside the cottage and what’s going on in the real world, Jenny sends a picture, taken this morning, of the lake… Brrr! Throw another log on the fire and keep reading, Mary!
Thanks, Jenny – for everything!